Integrative Genetics and Genomics Graduate Group
Department of Animal Science
Shannon is using non-invasive environmental DNA (eDNA) techniques to study vernal pool branchiopods. She is collecting water samples from vernal pool complexes in Sacramento and Merced counties in order to examine genetic diversity using both targeted assays and metabarcoding techniques. eDNA is an emerging field of research that examines trace genetic material left in the environment, such as water, feces or soil.